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June 13, 2018

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

 

A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by SunTrust Mortgage found that “55% of homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time when they purchased their home said that the opinion of their offspring played a major role in their home buying decision.”

When the results were broken down by the parent's age, millennials (those 18-36) led the way with 74% of homeowners saying that their child's opinion was a factor in choosing which home to buy. Eighty-three percent of renters believe that their child’s opinion would be a deciding factor when looking to purchase a home.

 

So what features in a home are most important to kids?

Coming in at 57%, it should come as no surprise that gaining their own bedrooms was the top most-desirable feature of any home for kids, followed by a large back yard to play in at 34%.

Todd Chamberlain, Head of Mortgage Banking at SunTrust explained the reasoning behind the survey,

“As a parent of two kids, I know from experience that including children in the home buying process is not only fun for the whole family, but also educational for our homebuyers of tomorrow.”

 

Bottom Line

If you're thinking about selling your home this year, make sure to highlight all the kid-friendly features your home has to offer so that you can sway the real decision makers.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
June 6, 2018

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Homeowners & Appraisers See the Most Eye-to-Eye on Price in 3 Years

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Homeowners & Appraisers See the Most Eye-to-Eye on Price in 3 Years

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Homeowners & Appraisers See the Most Eye-to-Eye on Price in 3 Years

 

In today's housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5% (or more) over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

When prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the same neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home believes their house is worth and what an appraiser’s evaluation of that same home is.

March 2015 marked the first month of a three-year gap between what an appraiser and a homeowner believed a home was worth. That gap widened to 2.65% in September 2015 and had consistently hovered between 1.0% and 2.0% through November 2017.

The chart below illustrates the changes in home price estimates over the last three years:

In the latest release, the disparity was the narrowest it has been since March 2015, as the gap between appraisers and homeowners was only -0.33%. This is important for homeowners to note as even a .33% difference in appraisal could equate to thousands of dollars that a buyer or seller has to come up with at closing (depending on the price of the home).

Bill Banfield, Executive VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans urges homeowners to find out how their local markets have been impacted by supply and demand: 

“The appraisal is one of the most important, although sometimes least predictable, parts of the mortgage process. The Home Price Perception Index is a way to illustrate the differences of opinion, and these differences affect everything from the type of mortgage a borrower can get to the expectations a seller has about the proceeds available upon sale of their home.”

 

Bottom Line

Every house on the market must be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then again to the bank (through the bank's appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale may be even more difficult than the first. If you are planning on entering the housing market this year, let’s get together to discuss this and any other obstacles that may arise.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
May 30, 2018

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

 

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes.

 

What's a Starter Home?

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), simply put, a starter home is a one or two-bedroom home (sometimes even a small, three bedroom). “Prices vary widely by market but starters on average cost $150,000 to $250,000 while trade-up and premium homes cost upwards of $300,000.”

 

Finding Their Forever Homes Now

A recent CNBC article revealed that there are many factors that delayed older millennials (ages 25-35) from buying a home earlier in their lives. The aftereffects of the Great Recession teaming up with larger education costs forced many to either remain living in their parent's homes or to rent.

 

With the economy continuing to improve, many millennials have been able to break into better-paying jobs which has helped spur down payment savings. As the dream of homeownership comes closer to reality, many millennials are saving for their forever homes.

According to the latest statistics from NAR, 30% of millennials bought homes for $300,000 or more this year (up from 14% in 2013). Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Grant Thornton weighed in saying, “They rented for longer. Now they're going to where they want to stay.”

More and more millennials are settling down, getting married, and starting families, which is a huge factor driving them to look for larger homes.

Increased competition in the starter home market has also been a driving force in waiting to afford their dream homes. Inventory in the starter home market is down 14.2% from last year, according to research from Trulia. This has driven prices up and has led to bidding wars.

Many first-time buyers who were originally looking for starter homes are realizing that for just a little bit more of an investment, they could afford trade-up or premium homes instead.

 

Bottom Line

If you plan on purchasing your first home this year, let's get together to determine how much house you can afford. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
May 23, 2018

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

 

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.

Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist, had this to say:

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage rates over the past week.

Not only are buyers facing higher borrowing costs, gas prices are currently at four-year highs just as we enter the important peak home sales season.”

But what do gas prices have to do with interest rates?

Investopedia explains the relationship like this:

“The price of oil and inflation are often seen as being connected in a cause-and-effect relationship. As oil prices move up or down, inflation follows in the same direction.”

You may have noticed that filling your gas tank has become substantially more expensive in recent months. The average national gas price has climbed nearly $0.50 from the beginning of the year, leading to the highest price for Memorial Day weekend since 2014.

As rates go up, your purchasing power goes down, but don't worry; rates are still well below the averages we've seen over the last four decades.

“Freddie Mac said this year's higher rates have not yet caused much of a ripple in the strong demand levels for buying a home seen in most markets, but inflationary pressures and the prospect of rates approaching 5 percent could begin to hit the psyche of some prospective buyers.”

Buying sooner rather than later will help lock in a lower rate than waiting, as the experts believe rates will continue to climb. Even a small increase in interest rates can have a big impact on your monthly housing cost.

 

Bottom Line

If you are planning on buying a home this year, keep an eye on gas prices the next time you're at the pump. If you start to feel a big jump in price, know that rates are probably on their way up, too.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
May 16, 2018

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Renters Under 50 Want to Buy a Home!

Las Vegas Million Dollar Homes For Sale | Renters Under 50 Want to Buy a Home!

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Renters Under 50 Want to Buy a Home!

 

Every year, the New York Federal Reserve publishes the results of their Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE). Each survey covers a wide range of topics including inflation, labor market, household finance, credit access and housing.

One of the many questions asked in the housing section of the survey was:

Assuming you had the financial resources to do so, would you like to OWN instead of RENT your primary residence?

Over three-quarters of respondents under the age of 50 said that they would prefer to own their home, rather than rent. While only 52.6% of those over 50 would prefer to own. The full breakdown can be found in the chart below.

When renters were asked what the average probability of owning a primary residence at some point in their future was, 66.4% of those under 50 believed that they would eventually own their home, while only 23% of those over 50 did.

Bottom Line

Many had wondered if young Americans had lost their desire to own a home, but for those renting now, that dream is still alive.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
May 11, 2018

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Owning a Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Owning a Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Owning a Home a Reality

 

Some Highlights:

 * Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking much    about it.

 * Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts that might be     holding you back.

 * What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership a reality?

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
May 9, 2018

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

 

When looking for homes in Las Vegas consumers search for the latest listings using our local Las Vegas MLS (Multiple Listing Service). We understand that you have many choices and this is why we thrive by bringing excellence to your buying experience. Our website LasVegasFindaHome.com provides you with the latest listings including the most recent MLS houses for sale. You can save your favorite search and you can also subscribe to an email alert to receive automated real estate updates emailed directly to your mailbox.    

We give you full access to the newest listings in Las Vegas including, foreclosures, auction properties, distressed properties, short sales , REO's and private sales.     

When you're looking for your dream home or an investment property, make sure you visit LasVegasFindaHome.com and allow us the opportunity to service your Real Estate needs.    

Today, I want to touch on an important subject that affects all Home Buyers: Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

 

Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

 

For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment!

This year's results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26%. The full results are shown in the chart below.

The study makes it a point to draw attention to the contrast in the sentiment over the last five years compared to that of 2011-2012, when gold took the top slot with 34% of the votes. Real estate and stocks took second and third place, respectively, while still in recovery from the Great Recession.

 

Bottom Line

As the real estate market has recovered, so has the belief of the American people in the stability of housing as a long-term investment.

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
April 25, 2018

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’

 

A new study by WalletHub used “30 key metrics, ranging from share of millennials to millennial unemployment rate to millennial voter-turnout rate” to find out which states are the ‘Best States for Millennials.’

 

The Top 5 Best States for Millennials are:

 

1.- Washington, D.C. (also ranks highest in percentage of millennials already living there!)

2.- North Dakota (lowest unemployment rate)

3.- Minnesota (highest millennial homeownership rate)

4.- Massachusetts (highest percentage of millennials with health insurance coverage)

5.- Iowa (ranked #1 in lowest housing cost for millennials)

 

Below is a map with the rankings for each of the 50 states:

 

 We recently reported on a study that set out to find out “How Much You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State,” which may have left you wondering what the average salaries are in each of the five states listed above.

According to WalletHub’s research, the top 5 states with the Highest Average Millennial Salaries are:

 

1.- Washington, D.C.

2.- New York

3.-Massachusetts

4.- Washington

5.- California

 

Every day, more and more millennials are aging into the ‘Responsibility Zone,’ the time in their lives when their responsibilities start to dictate their behaviors. For many, this includes buying a home. The top 5 states with the Highest Millennial Homeownership Rate are:

 

1.- Minnesota

2.- West Virginia

3.- Indiana

4.- Utah

5.- Delaware

 

Bottom Line

If owning a home is next on your list, let’s get together to answer any questions you may have and set you on the path to homeownership!

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
April 18, 2018

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

 

When looking for homes in Las Vegas consumers search for the latest listings using our local Las Vegas MLS (Multiple Listing Service). We understand that you have many choices and this is why we thrive by bringing excellence to your buying experience. Our website LasVegasFindaHome.com provides you with the latest listings including the most recent MLS houses for sale. You can save your favorite search and you can also subscribe to an email alert to receive automated real estate updates emailed directly to your mailbox.    

We give you full access to the newest listings in Las Vegas including, foreclosures, auction properties, distressed properties, short sales , REO’s and private sales.     

When you're looking for your dream home or an investment property, make sure you visit LasVegasFindaHome.com and allow us the opportunity to service your Real Estate needs.    

Today, I want to touch on an important subject that affects all Home Buyers: How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

 

It's no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C.

States in the Midwest came out on top as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average salary needed to buy with California, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii edging out all others with the highest salaries required.

Below is a map with the full results of the study:

 

GoBankingRates gave this advice to anyone considering a home purchase,

“Before you buy a home, it's important to find out if you can afford the monthly mortgage payment. To do this, some financial experts recommend your housing costs — primarily your mortgage payments — shouldn't consume more than 30 percent of your monthly income.”

As we recently reported, research from Zillow shows that historically, Americans had spent 21% of their income on owning a median-priced home. The latest data from the fourth quarter of 2017 shows that the percentage of income needed today is only 15.7%!

 

Bottom Line

If you are considering buying a home, whether it's your first time or your fifth time, let's get together to evaluate your ability to do so in today's market!

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.  

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas
April 11, 2018

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off

Las Vegas Homes For Sale | Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off

 

Home sellers have lots of options when is time to sell their properties, however there is no magic formula that will guarantee in achieving the best and highest price possible for their homes. This is why I like to partner with my clients to guide them through the complexities of selling their homes. I assembled a team of true professionals with experience, dedication and strong communication skills to help ensure a successful and profitable sale of your home.

Today I want to bring a very important point that relates to the sale of your home, Study Shows Home Prices: Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off

 

Whether you are a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading.

Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates have increased from 3.95% in the first week of January to 4.40% in the first week of April.

At first glance, the difference between these numbers in such a short amount of time could be concerning, but if we look at the graph below, we’ll see that rates have already started to level off and return to the mark set in February.

 

This is great news for anyone looking to buy a home this spring! The spring is always one of the busiest seasons for home buying, and with rates increasing even more, buyers have come off the fence to lock in great rates! This is still great advice as the experts believe that rates will continue to rise throughout the year.

Every month, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors release their projections for where they believe mortgage rates will be in the coming months. If we take the average of what each of the four organizations is predicting for the second quarter, rates are expected to rise to about 4.48% by June.

That average climbs to 4.73% by the end of this year.

So, what does this mean?

Waiting until the end of the year to buy, with rates still projected to increase, will end up costing you more money on your monthly mortgage payment. For every $250,000 you need to borrow to purchase your dream home, you will spend $49.21 more per month, $590.52 per year, and over $17,700 by the end of your 30-year mortgage.

And that’s just the impact of your interest rate going up!

 

Bottom Line

If you are ready and willing to purchase a home, find out if you’re able to. Let’s get together to evaluate your needs and help you with next steps!

 

Source.. KCM Bill & Fran Jenkins Blog

 

To purchase your dream home or a great foreclosure property, is about being educated, thorough and patient with the process. The most important aspect of finding the perfect home is working with a real estate agent who is highly skilled in negotiation and understanding of your expectations!  

For more information or assistance to help you find a home in the Las Vegas and Henderson area please call us at 702–845–8540.   

 

 

Posted in Las Vegas